Amid leftist apoplexy stemming from the recently-leaked Supreme Court draft opinion suggesting an imminent reversal of Roe v. Wade, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made a strange, rather baffling television appearance over the weekend that could spark questions about her current cognitive state, as the Daily Caller reports.
During an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation, Pelosi was asked by host Margaret Brennan whether she believed that former President Barack Obama erred in not making codification of Roe a legislative priority when he was in the White House and Democrats controlled Congress.
Without even allowing Brennan to complete her thought, Pelosi launched into a meandering stream of consciousness, saying, “If I just may, the focus we have right now is an urgent one in order to uh…uh..try to improve, try to improve this – we’re calling a ‘fake’ or ‘draft’ decision – whatever it is. I think that this is a waste of time.”
Then attempting to drift back to the thrust of Brennan’s question, Pelosi declared, “the fact is that in  we really did not have a pro-choice Democratic Party. I had to fight against some of the people who did not want to pass the Affordable Care Act because they were concerned that it might enable more freedom of choice.”
Pelosi’s muddled explanation continued, “It really didn’t go down that path. Right now, we do have a pro-choice Democratic Congress and we passed the law…uh…months ago, last, I think, September,” an apparent reference to the lower chamber’s vote last year approving the Women’s Health Protection Act, a measure designed to achieve federal codification of the holding in Roe, as NPR reported at the time.
It was during the same Sunday appearance that Pelosi courted additional controversy by seemingly taking Democrat California Gov. Gavin Newsom to task for comments he made expressing concern about his party’s perceived passivity on a series of key issues.
Earlier in the week, Newsom spoke at a Planned Parenthood event in Los Angeles and rhetorically asked, according to Fox News, “Where is the Democratic Party? Why aren’t we calling this out? This is a concerted, coordinated effort, and, yes they’re winning? We need to stand up. Where’s the counter-offensive?”
When Brennan asked Pelosi about Newsom’s remarks, the speaker fumed, “I have no idea why anybody would make that statement unless they were unaware of the fight that has been going on.”
As SFGate’s Eric Ting pointed out, however, also contained within Newsom’s speech were words specifically exempting Pelosi and Democrats in Congress from the concerns he raised, and whether the speaker was unaware of the fact or was intentionally kept in the dark by Brennan, the overall impression she made was one of a confused, incoherent politician well past her prime.